TOP BAR - Fixtures

More to come from Newcastle Falcons at Singha 7s finals

Coach Mark Laycock says his Newcastle Falcons squad have plenty more to show as they prepare for Sunday’s Singha 7s finals in Coventry.

Newcastle topped their group during Saturday’s home qualifier at Kingston Park Stadium, but lost their six-year unbeaten record in pool action by losing 24-21 to Worcester.
 
Laycock remains adamant they can find the necessary improvements ahead of Sunday’s quarter-final date with Ospreys, his side striving to regain the trophy they last won back in 2011.
 
“There is definitely room for improvement. We know as a group that we weren’t good enough on Saturday, we scraped through by the skin of our teeth and we have got a lot of work to do between now and the finals,” he said.
 
“We have got a bit of preparation time during the week but what we need to do much better is ensure that what we work in in training is applied during the games.
 
“This group of players talk very openly among themselves about what they need to do better. For moments in games they did manage to do what we had spoken about during the week but we just need to be more consistent in doing that during the finals.
 
“We lost our composure at certain times and switched off on the odd occasion. Those are the things we need to iron out, but overall the lads responded well and ensured we progressed.”
 
Aided by a steady supply of possession from kick-offs, Laycock said: “Sevens is about who controls the ball, and one of the positives from last weekend was that our big athletic forwards won us plenty of ball from the restarts. We managed to look after it OK at times, we had a bit of a wobble during our second game against Worcester but the lads bounced back by beating Leicester.
 
“Dan Temm was phenomenal as captain. He was great with the boys all week, he has that experience from training with England 7s during the summer and his attitude depicts everything that we are about as a sevens team. We are dogged, we fight for each other, and when every team has talented players that can often be the difference.”
 
Up against Ospreys, Cardiff Blues, Sale Sharks, Northampton Saints, Harlequins, Exeter Chiefs and Wasps in the quest for the Singha 7s title, he added: “Finals day will be hard, as it always is.
 
“We will regroup after the qualifier, we are going down to Coventry with optimism and we’ll see what we can do.”
 
Tickets for Sunday’s finals are priced £10 for adults and £5 for juniors. To book, visit www.wasps.co.uk/tickets

Latest News

Sonatane Takulua expecting big things from Newcastle Falcons this season

Sonatane Takulua believes unity and a collective purpose, combined with an improved playing pool, can help propel Newcastle Falcons up…

Sonatane Takulua

Wasps name team for first pre-season fixture against Ulster

Dai Young has named a 26-man squad to take on Ulster Rugby at Kingspan Stadium in the first pre-season fixture…

Anglo-Welsh Cup 2017-18 launched

WORCESTER WARRIORS have the honour of hosting the opening match in this year’s Anglo-Welsh Cup on Friday 3 November, when…

Leicester Tigers win the Anglo Welsh Cup

Ally Hogg pleased by Newcastle Falcons’ early progress

Ally Hogg believes Newcastle Falcons are well set to attack the new Aviva Premiership season after a double dose of…

Ally Hogg

Topsy Ojo relishing Exiles return to Aviva Premiership Rugby action at HQ

Topsy Ojo believes there could be no more fitting way for London Irish to announce their return as an Aviva…

Newcastle Falcons’ Sonatane Takulua sees Philadelphia trip as a ‘great opportunity’

Newcastle Falcons’ Sonatane Takulua insists his side’s September clash with Saracens in Philadelphia will be no holiday for the players,…

Sonatane Takulua

Harlequins statement: Luke Wallace and Jonas Mikalcius

Harlequins can confirm today (Tuesday 15th August) that flanker Luke Wallace dislocated his hip during the pre-season friendly against London…

Luke Wallace

London Irish kick-off Anglo-Welsh Cup at home to Bath

London Irish will host Bath Rugby at the Madejski Stadium in the opening round of the Anglo-Welsh Cup on Saturday…

London Irish kick-off Anglo-Welsh Cup at home to Bath

HITZ graduate secures first full time job after being inspired by Premiership Rugby final

A teenager from Leigh who overcame a troubled home life and tackled confidence and communication issues thanks to Premiership Rugby…

Lucy Neal

Nick Kennedy delighted with first pre-season hit-out for London Irish

London Irish director of rugby Nick Kennedy is looking forward to seeing his side build on Saturday’s thrilling contest against…

Nick Kennedy

Philadelphia bound Nick Civetta can’t wait for American Series challenge with Newcastle Falcons

NICK CIVETTA HAS had an unlikely path to the top level but as he prepares to embark on his second season…

Nick Civetta

Demetri Catrakilis relishing chance to reunite with old friend Tim Swiel

Harlequins fly-half Demetri Catrakilis has revealed he is ready to join forces with  compatriot and old acquaintance Tim Swiel – insisting…

Worcester Warriors to use number of players in Hartpury test

Warriors will look to use up to 37 players during their fixture against Hartpury College this Saturday in their first…

GJ van Velze

Emergency Services workers invited to London Double Header

Saracens are offering up to eight free tickets to any member of the London Emergency Services for the upcoming London…

London Double Header

Newcastle Falcons teams for double-header v Doncaster and Nottingham

Three-time French title winner Maxime Mermoz is among the Newcastle Falcons players making their debuts in Saturday’s home double header…

Nili Latu

Lewis and Phillips to make Bath Rugby debuts against Bristol

Josh Lewis and James Phillips will make their Bath Rugby debuts in the Club’s first pre-season game against Bristol Rugby…

James Phillips

London Irish name side for pre-season opener

London Irish have named a 29-man squad for tomorrow’s Cunningham Duncombe Series against Harlequins at Hazelwood, with seven summer signings…

Greig Tonks

Nick Civetta primed for Newcastle Falcons’ double header this Saturday

Having spent the summer helping his country qualify for the Rugby World Cup American lock Nick Civetta is keen to…

Nick Civetta

Chris Robshaw commits his future to Harlequins

Harlequins is thrilled to announce today (Thursday 10th August) that England back row Chris Robshaw has re-signed with the Club…

Chris Robshaw